Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Contemptible Nifong, II

Tomorrow I’ll be in Durham, Mike Nifong faces a criminal contempt hearing before Judge Osmond Smith. (I’ll be live-blogging the event.) At issue, did he lie to the court on September 22, 2006?

Here’s Nifong on September 22, 2006:

Judge Smith: So his report [Meehan’s May 12 report] encompasses it all?

Mr. Nifong: His report encompasses ever -- because we didn’t -- they apparently think that everybody I speak to about, I talk about the facts of the case. And that’s just, that would be counterproductive. It did not happen here.

Judge Smith: So you represent there are no other statements from Dr. Meehan?

Mr. Nifong: No other statements. No other statements made to me.

Mr. Bannon: Just so I’m clear, Mr. Nifong is representing that the facts of the case weren’t discussed in those meetings.

Mr. Nifong: That is correct. The facts of the case, other than the fact that we were seeking a, the male fraction DNA.

Here was Sgt. Mark Gottlieb, in his deposition to the Bar, revealing that, in fact, Dr. Meehan had a detailed discussion of his findings with Mike Nifong as early as April 10, 2006—including, of course, the revelation of the multiple unidentified males:

Mr. Brocker: Did Dr. Meehan sit down and actually go through the printouts or the results themselves during this initial meeting?

Sgt. Gottlieb: Yeah, and I was completely lost. He was talking well above my head.

Mr. Brocker: But he did sit down with you all and go through, specifically, the documentation that he had up to that point, and tried to explain the results of it?

Sgt. Gottlieb: I believe so.

Gottlieb’s struggles to understand what Meehan told him doesn’t exactly speak well as to how the DPD evaluates evidence more generally.

10 comments:

Debrah said...

Mr. Nifong: His report encompasses ever -- because we didn’t -- they apparently think that everybody I speak to about, I talk about the facts of the case. And that’s just, that would be counterproductive. It did not happen here.

I always laugh reading this quote.

Who speaks this way?

LOL!

Debrah said...

Oops!

Seems the Gang of 88 will soon have a new cause.

There are reports that a student going through a sex change just moved into a dormitory and his potential roommate and the roommate's parents are not exactly Ok with this setup.

Looks like a job for the Gritty Gang sex and gender faction...to the rescue!

Anonymous said...

JLS says....,

Nifong is pretty much toast on this charge. The intersting issue is will the judge jail him for even a day.

Anonymous said...

Debrah, I think they moved the transgendered student (TGS) in with a GIRL! Obviously, the TGS has different "plumbing," as it were, and the girl's parents aren't tooooo pleased. Ten-to-one they discipline the girl for her lack of "diversity." And I thought all the fruits and nuts were in California!
cmf

don t. said...

This is the clown that the feckless stumblebum used as a basis for firing the man who was probably the most honorable member of the Duke staff and cancelling the lacrosse season. The BOT can really pick'em.

trinity60

Debrah said...

TO 1:24PM--

Thanks for the update.

LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Nifong's reasoning explaining the DNA from multiple people found in multiple rape kit items (oral, rectal, vaginal swabs, etc.) is fascinating: "There were a lot of places where a fractional amount of DNA could be picked up from something that she was sitting on." The Contemptible Nifong, I.

What is even more fascinating is Nifong's apparant double standard concerning the DNA on CGM's fake fingernail found in Evans' bathroom trash can. He cited this as inculpatory evidence, even though his own expert determined transferance from other items in the trash can was likely.

Nice job!

Anonymous said...

Gottlieb is a crook and an oaf and a piece of garbage, but he ain't THAT stupid -- he knew damn well that Meehan was decribing how mupltiple males' DNA -- NONE from any lacrosse players -- proliferated in Crystal's anus, mouth, and vagina.

And if Gottlieb understood it, even Nifong understood it. Knew the implications, too.

Gary Packwood said...

Anonymous 2:05 said...
...Gottlieb is a crook and an oaf and a piece of garbage, but he ain't THAT stupid -- he knew damn well that Meehan was describing how multiple males' DNA -- NONE from any lacrosse players -- proliferated in Crystal's anus, mouth, and vagina.
...And if Gottlieb understood it, even Nifong understood it. Knew the implications, too.
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Don't you imagine that Nifong ran a shop where nobody knew anything unless he himself gave permission?
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GP

Anonymous said...

If Gottlieb was confused about the information in Dr. Meehan's 4/10/06 oral report, would it have been prudent of him to have someone explain it to him before he testified before the Grand Jury?